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May 12, 2014  |   By IMS

IMS Statement on Passing of A.J. Watson

A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the death early Monday morning of four-time Indianapolis 500-winning chief mechanic and prolific car builder A.J. Watson:

"AJ Watson was one of the most innovative and successful mechanics and car builders in the 105-year history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Watson roadster that was so prevalent in the 1950s and 1960s remains one of the most iconic racing cars ever constructed. The thoughts and prayers of the entire

Indianapolis Motor Speedway organization are with the Watson family and the many friends and fans of A.J. Watson, who will always remember him for his passion for racing and his friendly and approachable personality."

Watson, 90, had four "500" wins as chief mechanic (Bob Sweikert in 1955, Pat Flaherty, 1956, and Rodger Ward in both 1959 and 1962) and six as the winning constructor, in 1956, 1959 and 1962; plus 1960 (Jim Rathmann),  1963 (Parnelli Jones) and 1964 ( A. J. Foyt).